St Ermin's City of Spies Tour: Espionage in London
Delve into the shadows of the global capital of espionage: a murky world of double agents, war and murder.
Things to know
Family, Friends, History Buffs, Intellectually Curious
You and our own professional guide. 100% exclusive
No tickets are required for this tour
Type of tour:
Walking tour - no transport is required for this tour
Children under 5 are free.
Meeting points: St Ermin's hotel lobby
What makes this tour special
Let us bring to life the enigmatic espionage history of London through this crafted experience for St Ermin’s Hotel.
Capital to the worlds largest empire, thriving centre of international trade and finance - London has long attracted spies . This tour will explore their stories
This exciting experience has been created exclusively to bring you on a fascinating journey through London's role in the Cold War, the origins of MI5, MI6 and Churchill's role in bringing down the Nazi regime.
Your guide will meet you inside the lobby of St Ermin's Hotel to begin your journey of mystery and intrigue.
Experience the worlds of fiction and reality, uncovering hidden places, bunkers, luxury hotels, and fall in love with the romance and betrayal of spies.
As you leave the hotel, walk by the famous Caxton bar where Guy Burgess often met his Soviet Handlers and handed over classified documents.
See where Ian Fleming wrote part of the James Bond series, while working as a naval intelligence officer nearby and learn the hotel's unique spy history.
Discover London's rich history of espionage at St Ermin's Hotel, with meetings such as Winston Churchill's 'Setting Europe Ablaze’ occurring here in 1940.
Hear stories of double agents and plots to overthrow the government at some of the most powerful institutions in Westminster, including Downing Street, Whitehall, Westminster Palace, MI5, and MI6.
Follow in the footsteps of the key double agents in the Cold War, such as Kim Philby, Donald Maclean, Guy Burgess, and George Blake -and ask if there was a undiscovered 'Fifth Man'
Learn about the extraordinary life of Sir Mansfield Cumming, the first director of the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), known as MI6.
On this unique experience you will walk by and learn about many of the protagonist buildings and sites where these world changing events have taken place. Your guide is an expert in spy history and will mesmerise you with stories that seem more like Le Carré novels than real life. Of course, these stories are not confined to the Second World War and Cold War History, as Russian operatives in London continue to make splashes across global headlines.
Begin at your hotel - the historic St Ermin's Hotel, a legendary landmark in British spy history, housing British guerilla warfare classes in the 1930’s. It was also here that Winston Churchill assembled and engineered the elite SAS.
Next venture out onto the streets of Westminster and discover the area's colourful history of espionage, dirty politics and death. The toppling of regimes, battle against ideology and revolution have all been orchestrated and exercised along these streets. Revisit the setting of infamous covert operations, traitorous meetings involving double agents and murder plots. See the headquarters of MI6 secret service and New Scotland Yard past and present.
Along your walking tour, you will retrace the steps of Britain's most famous spies, enjoy the remarkable tales that later inspired Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels, and hear of the extraordinary success of the Cambridge Spy ring.
Come and enjoy this unique experience but please be discreet, the information given on this tour is classified...
QWill there be other people on the tour or is it just us?
AAll of our tours are 100% private and exclusive, which means that it will just be you, your group and your guide on the tour.
Your tour will be completely tailored to your needs and we will make sure to find a guide that best suits your group.
QAre entrance tickets and transport included in the cost of the tour?
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QWhat is your cancellation policy?
AOn tours cancelled more than 48 hours before the scheduled departure time, we are happy to offer our customers a full refund - minus a 5% credit card fee and the cost of any tickets that have been purchased.
For tours cancelled less than 48 hours before the scheduled departure time, we are unfortunately unable to offer refunds. If you would like to reschedule a tour, this is usually possible if we are given enough notice, but we cannot guarantee the same guide.
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QWho do I contact if I have any questions about this tour or if I want to make changes to my tour?
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QAm I able to book more than one tour?
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